If you’re the group tasked with reopening Union Transfer after a year-long pandemic shutdown, you might as well make it a series of five sold-out shows. That’s what Michelle Zauner and the Philly-based Japanese breakfast did, at least.
After dazzling masked crowds of private fans at concerts for four nights with clips from his latest album, “Jubilee, “Japanese Breakfast will end its back-to-school celebration with a final performance Wednesday night. What if you were one of the people who missed out on tickets to this series of shows – or if you were there and want to relive the experience? – there is a way to bring the concert into your living room.
Philadelphia radio station WXPN will broadcast the Japanese Breakfast concert live from Union Transfer at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday as part of a special edition of World Cafe. It’s 88.5 FM on your dials if you live in town and XPN.org if you connect via the Internet. You can also listen to the performance via the WXPN YouTube page below.
With its doors still closed by the pandemic in April, Union Transfer was cautiously optimistic on Twitter by announcing what appeared to be a Japanese breakfast making a one-night-only appearance on its stage to usher in the return of live music. The venue, like others across the country, began to postpone shows in March 2020 due to the coronavirus and eventually had to shut down completely.
“Let’s cross our fingers, hands and toes, and everyone is going to get the vaccine!” site officials said in a follow-up tweet.
Tickets sold out so quickly during the presale that Japanese Breakfast scheduled a second concert at Union Transfer on the day that tickets for the first show were made available to the public.
“Um, remember when I was working in the locker room in this place and now we sold our first night in Philly during the pre-sale in a few days and had to add a second night?” Zauner tweeted from the group’s account.
“We’re going to put the champagne on ice to celebrate! »Union transfer tweeted end of July.
So as well as objectively to see people enjoying concerts in person again, an increase in new cases of coronavirus spurred on by the highly contagious delta variant created some unease about large indoor gatherings. For its upcoming tour, Japanese Breakfast has asked members of the public to prove that they are fully vaccinated against the virus or that they have tested negative within the past 48 hours. Spectators and Union Transfer staff are also forced to hide inside.
“If you cannot provide proof of a vaccine or a negative test, we will give you a full refund for your tickets, BUT, unfortunately, you will not be allowed to enter the room”, Union Transfer website said.
It’s been a huge year for Zauner. A month before Japanese Breakfast published “Jubilee,” Bryn Mawr College graduate’s memoir, “Crying in H Mart“, was named the New York Times bestseller. The book should now be adapted as a feature film.